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Portland Police Murder Again
by PortlandRising
Friday Mar 26th, 2010 11:15 PM
Demonstrations against the murderous police continue in Portland, Oregon.
The recent shooting of a distraught and possibly suicidal homeless man has sparked two days of spontaneous demonstrations against murderous police in Portland. The man, Jack Collins, was reported to have been holding a razor knife and was bleeding from apparent self-inflicted wounds. When told to drop the weapon by the responding officer, he did not. The officer responded by firing four shots at Collins, striking an artery in his pelvis, which proved to be a fatal wound.

The community immediately mobilized and responded with a rowdy demonstration, blockading East Burnside with dumpsters and engaging in a cat and mouse street fight with police. Eventually the demo reached Portland's East Precinct, where the police lined up to defend their base of operations. Various members of the corporate and independent media were also present to bear witness to angry and disgusted community members as they voiced their outrage to the officers before them.

Another demonstration occurred the following night. Police on motorcycles repeatedly rammed into protesters culminating in one protester throwing his bicycle at an officer.

The shooting of Jack Collins is the second police shooting in as many months. On January 29th, Aaron Campbell, an unarmed black man was shot in the back with an AR-15 while surrendering to the PPD. Campbell, who's brother had died earlier that day from medical complications, was also highly upset and suicidal. As Campbell was surrendering to negotiators, other officers who had removed their earpieces shot Aaron first with beanbag rounds, released a K-9 attack dog, and then shot him with the assault rifle, killing him.

Another non-permitted march is planned for Monday, March 29th.

For more information and videos, visit http://www.portland.indymedia.org

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by port
Monday Mar 29th, 2010 7:32 PM
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/breakingnews/
7:21PM PDT: small group continuing, heading east on jefferson and 11th horse cops turning east onto jefferson behind protesters, motorcops following them
7:19PM PDT: marchers really spread out now, possibly dispersing
7:17PM PDT: seem to be trying to push people westward, but its unclear. no passage available on west side. unclear where they want the people to go. marchers celebrating something, removal of horses? police appear to be unclear of what they are doing.
7:17PM PDT: police are punching people with their fists
7:07PM PDT: arrest made by officer zinetti near 12th and jefferson, another arrest made, details unclear. that makes 3
7:06PM PDT: unning horses into people onto the sidewalk again, ne corner of 12th and columbia, 3 horses ramming into people on the sidewalk
6:57PM PDT: cops using horses to crowd people into a tight circle, having to get though unruly horses to get out mayday 2000 all over again, running over people and bikes with horses. another arrest
6:46PM PDT: blockade by cops pushes marchers running though a parking garage. blockade avoided. cops displeased. marching north on 13th and mill
6:42PM PDT: marchers moving west on montgomery though small exit with motocycle cops ready to close it off at any moment. it's just one narrow sidewalk leading into construction, only exit provided by cops.
6:39PM PDT: completely and fully boxed in. keeping eyes open for a small exit they may open to cover their own asses
6:33PM PDT: appears cops want to keep people on psu campus. horse cops blocking north passage. bike cops blocking west passage. east and south are psu buildings
6:30PM PDT: marchers are joining back up, bike cops have one south passage blocked. march on broadway and montgomery. east is blocked. riot cops with batons on foot are back, closing in. north passage also blocked by riot cops marchers pretty much penned in
6:27PM PDT: march heading east between smith center and kramer hall horse cops are standing back now
6:25PM PDT: people have come through bldg. between newburger hall and another building on psu. marchers heading back into park blocks
6:24PM PDT: marcher between smith center and cramer hall heading east. marchers filing into building. horse cops being circumnavigated
6:19PM PDT: entered into the psu portion of south park blocks horse cops following onto psu property
6:15PM PDT: marcher arrested reportedly was asking for a sargent, holding his face. perhaps was the marcher who was assaulting in the face repeatedly by officer's bike tire
6:12PM PDT: bike cops rounded corner, again slamming bikes into people. cops deliberately delinka.. attacked 3 people with his bike and billard assaulting people officer delinka hit a man in the face with his bike tire!
6:05PM PDT: riot cops arriving, commanding official cop just threw a newspaper box himself ??? pepper spray not out yet. batons out.
6:03PM PDT: cops closing sidewalk on 5th and main, police blocking street and sidewalk. marchers being ordered to go west. cops overheard saying they want to split everyone up on to two sidewalks. couple of newspaper boxes used to block cops, no damage
6:00PM PDT: on 5th heading north. hearing lots of cheering. bank of america may have just seen some damage. penned in again by horses. bike cops on back perimeter... one possible area of retreat
5:58PM PDT: penned in, surrounded at 6th and main. some superior officer giving orders Protest running, got around the blockage!
5:55PM PDT: bike cops beginning to catch up, banner is blocking some cops way. cops again slamming bikes into people to push them out of the road. we need solidarity chanting...who's streets? our streets! on columbia and 6th heading north
5:52PM PDT: bike cops beginning to catch up, banner is blocking some cops way. cops again slamming bikes into people to push them out of the road
5:52PM PDT: moving away from back-up destination. marchers very angry. heading up columbia running, broken free from police line. YEAH
5:50PM PDT: marchers not being allowed to approach justice center destination, cops blocking that area. back-up area may be used
5:50PM PDT: on 3rd and salmon heading to main police presence ridiculously overwhelming, bike cops, horse cops, motorcycle cops.
5:49PM PDT: almost to destination, people attempting to cross the street are being slammed by police's bicycles over and over again
5:45PM PDT: police slamming bikes into peoples bodies, even though they are on the sidewalk they aren't riding, but holding these bikes no provocation by protesters, no property destruction, police acting pre-emptively
5:42PM PDT: march taking off, cops already getting agressive, pushing people back onto sidewalk with their bikes... forcing people onto sidewalk
5:25PM PDT: Jail support numbers are (503)246-4270 & (503)493-6050
5:13PM PDT: currently about 100 people gathered at the park blocks between SW Salmon and Main. lots of corporate media. LOTs of cops.
by oreg.
Monday Mar 29th, 2010 7:54 PM
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/protesters_march_through_downt.html

I'd say that looks like a good 250 people starting the march in the video embedded here
by fox
Monday Mar 29th, 2010 9:42 PM
Fox News helicopter videos some shoving, before nightfall

http://www.kptv.com/video/22995003/index.html